May 17, 2016
It’s been a long time coming.
Carlsbad resident Corey Weworski shot her second straight 2-over 74 Tuesday at par-72 Poppy Hills Golf Course to capture this week’s annual California Senior Women’s Amateur Championship.
The victory was Weworski’s first since her win at the 2004 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship. That same year, Google introduced Gmail.
“It feels really good to win again,” said the now 54-year-old Weworski, who finished the two-day championship with a total score of 4-over 148. “I’ve been playing pretty well lately.”
Having entered the final round with a tight one stroke lead over two-time defending champion Lynne Cowan, Weworski never made any major mistakes. She’d card six bogeys, but offset those with a pair of birdies and an eagle on the par-5 9th after reaching the green in two with a 7-iron and sinking a 10-foot putt. In Monday’s opening round, she’d eagle the par-5 16th.
“I was pretty consistent. I played smart off the tee. When I did make an error, I just took my lumps and played to bogey,” said Weworski, who won the 1998 California Women’s Amateur Championship.
Cowan, who was looking to become the first three-peat winner since Marianne Towersey, just couldn’t get anything going. On the front-nine, the four-time CWAC winner had eights pars and a double-bogey (hole No.8). After the making the turn, she’d post a 38 with three bogeys and a birdie for a 76 and 151 total, three behind the winner.
“I just kind of lost my swing and stopped hitting greens,” said Cowan, who found herself in a bunker eight times during the round. “My swing was off a bit.”
In 2014, Weworski was runner-up to Cowan by three shots.
“I didn’t care how I played this year. I just wanted to beat Lynne,” quipped Weworski.
Towersey, a record seven-time winner of the Senior CWAC, placed third at 153 after posting a tourney-low 73. Mina Hardin was fourth at 157 following a 77.
In the Super Senior Championship (70-over), Judith Turco shot a final round 84 to come in at 178 and win the title.
May 16, 2016
Two-time defending champion Lynne Cowan of Rocklin is again on the prowl, but for now it’s another player who’s leading the pack.
Corey Weworski, who captured the 2004 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur, took the first round lead in this year’s annual California Senior Women’s Amateur Championship, posting a 2-over 74 Monday at par-72 Poppy Hills Golf Course. Weworski, winner of the 1998 California Women’s Amateur Championship, had a roller coaster round. She’d post an eagle on the par-5 16th and added a pair of birdies to go against four bogeys and a double-bogey on the par-5 9th.
Just a stroke behind Weworski after an opening 75 is Cowan. A four-time winner of the CWAC, Cowan had three birdies to offset six bogeys.
In third place at 79 is Jamie Hoffman. Tied for fourth at 80 are Mina Hardin and Marianne Towersey. Towersey, who lives in Pebble Beach, is a record seven-time winner of the Senior CWAC and won the event a record six times in a row from 2004-2009.
Tuesday’s final round will feature a shotgun start beginning at 7:30 a.m.
The course is playing as a par-72 due to No.16 playing as a par-5.